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Park At QPR For A Pay Day?

Plenty of reds were sad to see Ji-Sung Park leave the club this summer because of his hard-working nature. Whilst he was never the most talented player, he had a brilliant attitude and gave his best in every game. He had a knack of performing and scoring in the big games too.

Park is now the captain at the QPR, who are having a terrible season under Mark Hughes, and former QPR midfielder, Lee Cook, has blamed Park.

“Every time I saw Park at United, he was a workhorse,” he said. “For me, he doesn’t seem to be working as hard as he did there. People I know think a few of them are there for a pay-day. At halfway through the season, you will be able to tell whether this is true or not.”

It’s interesting to note that Park has covered a total of 33.83 miles for QPR so far this season, more than any other player at the club.

There are some players whose attitude to the game you could question, but our Park isn’t one of them. Who the fuck is Lee Cook anyway?

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  1. Ms. Kim says:

    Terry Walsh had said, “i loved park, my mate who is a red allways called him ‘the shit chink’ not racist, just his mongy way, but he changed his mind after seeing a few more games and started just calling him ‘the chink’ ha ha ha, even when he knew he wasnt from china”
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    Whaddaya mean “loved” in the past tense?! Just kidding. Alright, I will be naughty and admit that story was sort of cute-ish … but I doubt a person of Chinese or Mongolian ancestry would feel that way. Since no one (that I can see) who is of those parts has yet commented on it here, having better things to do, no doubt, I will take it upon myself to ask the burning question:

    Will you please stay in touch with your amusing friend until some Chinese or Mongolian sexy thing starts kicking arse left and right in the EPL? I would be most curious to find out the monikers given to them. It will happen sooner than we may think. The Chinese have an impressive athletic tradition, are disciplined, and are ambitious. It is a matter of time. Your friend better get a move on that nickname now, in fact. As for the Mongolians … First, let me recommend a fine 2006 documentary film by Gerardo Olivares called “La Gran Final” or “The Great Match” in which the 2002 World Cup final between Brazil and Germany looms largely in the remotest steppes of Mongolia peopled with hardy and resourceful football freaks. Secondly, I invoke the name of Cha Bum Gun again. Sometimes wildflowers bloom in desert landscapes, and even manage to catch the eye of fine connoisseurs. Football is magic. Besides, I really have developed quite a crush on their sartorial displays every Olympics. Seriously, I have.

    Lest you think me a holier than thou anal retentive, I will fess up to something myself. Back in the 90′s I used to make droll with Ukyo Katayama knowing full well it was the entire outfit and not the professional driver, but it was because he persevered at the bottom, season after season. My non-racist drollery (“And there’s our Speed Racer!”) was a tribute to his honest efforts. It was a way of coping. In fact, along with Damon Hill and David Coulthard, Katayama — with his great sense of humor — was one of my favorites.

  2. Ms. Kim says:

    As for my quietly smoldering Park Ji-Sung, it may be easy to mistake him for a plodding overachiever, but he is more than that. Inside his noggin are some first rate furnishings, and in his veins are ice chips and Korean lava. He has never been a flashy player but his spine and guts are all Korean. Those of you not familiar with his background, please know that his road to football glory has been marked by Rejections. No pampered princeling was he. His (incredible) parents still tear up when they speak of what their only child has endured, and you have to have a heart of stone not to be moved.

    He started out as a frail infant who worried his parents. In his childhood football squads, he stood notably smaller and thinner than other kids. He was often overlooked. He tended to disappear on the pitch, for untrained eyes. At the end of his high school career, he was not picked up by the best schools, and the only college that would have him went belly up before he could even attend it. But his high school coach knew he was special. He got into the TENNIS team roster at Myongji University, for a foothold. However, one day when Myungji U’s team got to train with the National team, he caught the eye of the Korea boss and made the senior national team at 18. Like that. That fast. It was something of a shock to everyone. From then on, he became a perennial fixture at the top of the list of those who should be cut from the national side. When Kyoto Purple Sanga signed him as an unknown, during his second year at college, that was yet another shock to all. And then came Gus Hiddink, who saw something very interesting in him while watching all the wanna-bes on the training ground. Hiddink, to his credit, refused to buckle under the pressure when people questioned his choice, and even pressured him to leave Park off the squad. What pedestrian football watchers kept failing to see, and understand, Gus Hiddink did. Like Park’s previous coaches. Like Sir Alex. He had a slow start at PSG Eindhoven too. And when they (his own side) heckled his every touch, every twitch, he formulated his own eloquent answer before exiting to the thumpy & catchy ass-shaking doggerel of theirs. He rewards patient viewers.

    The sound “jisung” has interesting homonyms, by the way.

    The 1st one brings to my mind his parents. The word “jisung” can mean the following: dedication, prayerful heart, devotion, sacrifice, concentration. Jisung moves the Heavens, Koreans have said long before Parksy was even born. He was an answered prayer to his folks, and to me. And I daresay probably to many others from all over the world. He man eats, sleeps, dreams, and doodles football.

    The 2nd homonym is also significant. It means the following: intelligence, understanding, intellectual. I think of him as Odysseus in the world enraptured with the Ajaxes. The era of Achilles ends with the more human, cunning Odysseus, folks. As the last of the heroes, Odysseus had the last say. He also screwed Polyphemos rather royally, and only then did he shout his own name/fame, in parting shot. Jisung, alas, does not possess a honeyed tongue, but … THERE WILL BE BLOOD, and some good shooting too.

    The 3rd homonym is related to the 2nd. It means mentality, mind, memory, opinion. I think the general consensus, as we recall, is that Parksy’s mentality is right on point, and always has been. Since his childhood, he has been sharpening this particular tool of his against all odds and underwhelmed assessments. And he does remember. But rather than dwelling on them negatively, or getting discouraged, he believed in his own assessments and converted each chance. Universes are born of minds.

    The 4th homonym is my favorite. It means Light, as in ray of. Also lit-area, shine, fire. There are many achievers of Korean heritage and character on the global stage, and I give them props, but Jisung has set himself apart for me. It is not just his character and genuine humility. It is not just his determination and ethos. He has a broad worldview. He has not neglected his mind. He does not do the grandiloquent but he has left a trail of doings that are rather magnificent. Yes, Jisung, there WILL be an Asian side that lifts the World Cup. Perhaps Japan, perhaps China, perhaps Thailand, perhaps Mongolia, perhaps even Korea. Yes, Jisung, EPL rules, and now it rules even more with Asians in it. Yes, Jisung, Kagawa san is quite spiffy! Yes, Kagawa, you have chosen your idol well. Yes, Honda san, come and play in the EPL so that I can marvel at you on my big TV screen from whistle to whistle. True patriotism does not bray nor tear others down. As the Brits have demonstrated so amply during the London Games, patriotism can be inclusive, respectful of others, and rather stylish. Patriotism can be articulated intelligently. Kudos.

    I don’t know how deeply Park has pondered on his name himself, but sometimes nomen est omen.

    – Semiramis of the North-East

  3. DohaRed says:

    Ms Kim, I never saw anyone destroy the English language like you can.

    All we are talking about is Ji-Sung being a bloody good player. What are you talking about?


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